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Friday, October 15, 2010

TOS Review: Soli Deo Gloria Resources William Tyndale Unit Study

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Unit Studies work out great for our family. Since we have so many different ages (13,8,6,5,3,1) it is a great way to take a break from our every day work and get everyone together to work on a topic. It is even better when the work has already been done for you the teacher and you don't have to come up with it on your own.



Description:
From the website:" Soli Deo Gloria Resources provides unit study curricula, Bible studies, and teacher resources for homeschooling families. Soli Deo Gloria is Latin for "To God Alone the Glory." It is one of the benchmarks of the reformation and necessary for the reformation of our thoughts regarding the education of our children."


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We were given the Unit Study on William Tyndale to review. This study is a "get your feet wet" type of unit study for people just starting out with unit studies, or just as a shorter study for those already used to doing unit studies. It covers the subjects of: history, science, geography,character study, Bible, art and language arts. In addition to the activities included in the study, there are several links to websites for more in depth study. It is set up to be completed in 5 days and has activities for children in K-12. It is available as a 21 page e-book and the cost is $8.

The objectives of this study are to:
1. Teach students about William Tyndale and how the importance of what he did affects our spiritual growth today.
2. Teach students about what was going on in the world in the 16th century.
3. To learn to appreciate the sacrifices of martyrs such as William Tyndale and others like him.
4. To learn the importance of Bible translation both then and now.


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To complete this study a few other resources are necessary. A book and/or video on William Tyndale. Videos are available from Netflix and the book suggestions can be obtained from http://www.cbd.com/, or a library. Click here to see the recommended resource list. Access to the Internet is very helpful because their are several printable worksheets that utilized in the study.

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What we liked: I love the philosophy behind Soli deo Gloria Resources. We really enjoy working together as a family, so it's always good when we fnd a study that includes activities for a wide variety of age ranges. The children really enjoyed the movie and the worksheets that went along with it. We learned a lot about William Tyndale (who by the way I had never heard of before) and even Anthony (5) at the end of the week could tell me the basics about him and why what he did was important. The only advanced preparation I did was to read through the study, gather the resources we needed, and printed off the worksheets.



Some things to consider: I was unable to get any books on William Tyndale to go along with the study. My book budget already being spent for the month, I attempted to get some through inter-library loan, but after several weeks of waiting, they still have not come in. I do think between the video and the information included with the study it still gave the children plenty of information. Some of the links to websites to go along with the study were no longer working. Websites can change and the author of the unit study is going to make the necessary changes in a revision of the book.




My Recommendation: I think unit studies are a great inexpensive and fun way to teach children of all ages. This was a very informative study with a lot of fun activities that we all enjoyed.


I received a complimentary copy of this e-book for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation


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